Featuring Matthew Feeney, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; moderated by Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute.
Obesity remains a serious health problem and it is no secret that many people want to lose weight. Behavioral economists typically argue that “nudges” help individuals with various decisionmaking flaws to live longer, healthier, and better lives. In an article in the new issue of Regulation, Michael L. Marlow discusses how nudging by government differs from nudging by markets, and explains why market nudging is the more promising avenue for helping citizens to lose weight.
Armed with a computer model in 1935, one could probably have written the exact same story on California drought as appears today in the Washington Post some 80 years ago, prompted by the very similar outlier temperatures of 1934 and 2014.
Two long wars, chronic deficits, the financial crisis, the costly drug war, the growth of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, and the revelations about NSA abuses, have given rise to a growing libertarian movement in our country – with a greater focus on individual liberty and less government power. David Boaz’s newly released The Libertarian Mind is a comprehensive guide to the history, philosophy, and growth of the libertarian movement, with incisive analyses of today’s most pressing issues and policies.
Featuring Rep. Cal Dooley (D-CA); I. M. “Mac” Destler, Author, American Trade Politics; and moderated by Daniel Griswold, Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
During his 14 years in the House, retiring Rep. Cal Dooley (D-CA) has compiled one of the most pro-trade voting records in Congress. He played an important role in the passage of major trade initiatives, such as NAFTA; the creation of the World Trade Organization; China’s entry into the WTO; and trade promotion authority. Meanwhile, there has been a growing debate within both major parties about free trade agreements and the effect of globalization on the U.S. economy. Rep. Dooley will reflect on trade battles past and the prospects for reviving bipartisan support for trade expansion in the new Congress. This will be followed by comments from University of Maryland professor Mac Destler, one of the nation’s top trade historians.